Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth believes the defensive display of his side helped the Chairboys get their point away at Oxford United.

In a tightly-fought derby at the Kassam Stadium, Ainsworth’s men will head back down the M40 with a clean sheet in the bag, following the 0-0 in Oxfordshire, in which Anthony Stewart and Ryan Tafazolli, along with Jack Grimmer, Jordan Obita, Joe Jacobson and David Stockdale threw their bodies on the line.

It was the first meeting between the two sides since the League One play-off final last July, and the result means Wycombe have picked up their first point away at Oxford since November 2014.

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He said: “Overall, I am pleased.

“The last three times we have come here we have been on the losing side, and after Sunderland from two weeks ago, I thought it was important to stop the losing run and we have done that.

“We had some good chances and I thought we were the better side by far.

“We were trying to frustrate their passing game and with our fans getting behind us, I thought it was awesome.

“In the second half, with the home fans and with the wind against us, they really gave a good go of it.

“They had a lot of the possession, but they didn’t really get past our final line which I am really proud of as Stocko, JJ, Jack, Anthony, and Taf were brilliant.

“It was an all-round good defensive performance, but when we did get the ball and have chances, we didn’t get take them.

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“We watch the Birmingham vs Derby game and Derby had 67 per cent possession but lost 2-0, and in a way, we tried to model that today [from Birmingham], as we used counter-attacks but it didn’t quite work as we were quite short.

“However, I am proud of the fans as they were awesome.”

Wycombe next take on Oxford at Adams Park in January.

Currently, Wycombe have moved down to ninth from seventh and are on 11 points, four points off top-place.